This is an advisory group of students acting as the face and voice of the students of the College of Sciences, serving as student ambassadors, and to assist the college and dean at events. Membership in this group is aligned with the goals of the UF strategic plan to invite students to be part of a diverse community, to engage the students, and to include them in running the college.
Participation includes a monthly meeting with the dean and serving as needed.
Criteria for membership:
- Students must be in good academic standing.
- They must be willing to stand up and communicate with a diverse audience.
- They are nominated by their departments.
- Each department is asked to provide two student representatives.
- It is preferable that one student from each department is neither a first-year student nor a senior.
- Each student serves as long as they are at UF or until they resign their membership.
- A student is subject to removal from the group if they are unable to attend for a whole semester (unless they are registered off-campus).
Nominations are accepted by the dean in August and when there is an open position. The leadership role of the student members will be recognized by a letter from the dean after the students have served.
Current Dean's Circle Members
Bryan, Gary – Computer Science
Hello, my name is Grant Bryan! I am a commuter from Leipsic, Ohio, and I am a junior from the Computer Science department. My emphasis areas include Computer Systems and Data Analytics, with a minor in Information Design and Management. After graduation, I am striving to enter the IT field and work my way to becoming a Database Administrator in the Ohioan area. As you can see, I love myself some tech! Whether it be building a program in a variety of languages, exploring and workings with the intimacies of a variety of OSs, or, my favorite, maintaining and developing databases, I find myself intrigued and invested in a computer's ways. I also very much value integrity and work ethic and am glad the University pushes for its students to strive for these core values. I currently am apart of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as its treasurer and a member of the local Aristos Eklektos Honor Society and Choose Ohio First. I also dabble in Dr. Pollele's unofficial board game club, because one can never stop enjoying some simple competitive fun every once in a while!
Crutchfield, Lauren – Biochemistry, Chemistry
Hello, my name is Lauren Crutchfield and I am currently a junior here at the University of Findlay. I am a double major in Chemistry/ Biochemistry with minors in Mathematics and Biology. I am originally from Stockton, California, and came here for the pre-vet program. However, once I started my degree in pre-vet I realized that I loved doing chemistry more and switched. After finishing my degree here at the University of Findlay, I plan to continue my education and get my PhD in Chemistry. When I am not doing chemistry I am usually reading or playing video games.
Hetsler, Madyson – Biology
Madyson is a fourth-year student studying biology. Madyson is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and is the oldest of three siblings. On campus, Madyson is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, and holds a position as the Vice President of Recruitment. Madyson also enjoys participating in an undergraduate research lab studying antibiotic resistance as a correlative to water quality under Dr. Henderson-Dean. Madyson has attended the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2023 and the State of Lake Erie Conference 2022 with The University of Findlay.
Gillespie, Kaleb - ESOH
My name is Kaleb Gillespie, I am a Junior in the Environmental Health Safety and Sustainability program. I graduated from Leipsic High School in 2021. I am currently employed at Nutrien Ag Solutions-Leipsic where I am the site safety intern as well as custom applicator and CDL driver. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, working on the farm, and installing drainage tile in fields. I am expected to graduate in December of 2024 with my bachelors in EHSS.
Grum, Paige - Biology
Hello everyone! I'm a current sophomore working on my major in biology and minor in chemistry. Within my major, I am most interested in virology, human genetics, and microbiology. I hope to someday further this passion by going into research full time. As well, I help lead the Student Honors Association and the Tick Pathogenesis research team with Dr. Kalkstein. In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, sewing, and hanging out with friends.
Keener, Bruce – Mathematics, Computer Science
Bruce Keener is a sophomore at the University of Findlay double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science. He is a member of the Men's Swimming Team and Euler Math club on campus. During the 2022-2023 School Year, Bruce was on the Dean's List, named CSCAA Academic All-American, NCAA All-American, GMAC Male Freshman of the Year, and UF Outstanding Freshman Majoring in Mathematics. Lastly, Bruce is a tutor at the academic support center and is always willing to help.
Keplar, Audrey – Chemistry
My name is Audrey Keplar, and I am a freshman majoring in biochemistry. I am from Orient, Ohio just south of Columbus. I play on the women's golf team here at Findlay. In the future I would love to participate in undergraduate research in either biology or chemistry. In my free time I like to play golf with my friends, workout, and paint.
Mayer, Samantha – English Equestrian
Hi! My name is Samantha Mayer and I'm a Junior here at UF. I've lived in Ohio my whole life and grew up in the Cleveland area, specifically the West Side. I'm a dual major in English Equestrian Studies and Marketing. Additionally, I'm a member of the IHSA Hunt Seat Team, where I am a 3rd year member and the Social Media Manager for the team.
Zachary Mitchell – Computer Science
Hello there, my name is Zach Mitchell and I am from the Findlay area, I've lived here my whole life. I am a junior in the Computer Science department, and my emphasis areas are Computer Systems and Information Assurance. I like working with computers and tinkering around with them. I am the President of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a member of Choose Ohio First. Reading and playing games are my hobbies outside of college. I value the University of Findlay's integrity as this is also important to my life.
Underhill, Abby – Animal Science
My name is Abby Underhill and I am from Plain City, Ohio. Currently I am a senior in the Animal Science/Pre-Veterinary Emphasis program with plans to graduate in December. I hope to attend veterinary school in the fall of 2024 and work towards becoming a large animal veterinarian. On campus I am involved in Pre-Vet Club, 4 Paws for Ability, Residence Life, and I work as an office assistant at the Animal Science House.
White, Matthew John – ESOH
My name is Matthew White. I am a senior in the Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability program here at the University of Findlay. I am a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) as well as the Student Environmental Health Association (SEHA) chapters here at UF. Outside of school I attend Cedar Creek Church and help coach Cory-Rawson's high school boys basketball team. In my free time I enjoy playing video games with friends, watching sports, and playing the bass guitar.
Wooddell, Adeline – Animal Science
My name is Adeline (Addie) Wooddell, and I am a 4th year student at UF studying Animal Science/ Pre-Veterinary Medicine. I am from Cardington, Ohio, and have loved my experience here at the University! I am an administrative assistant in the Animal Science House and am the secretary for the TriBeta Biological Honor Society here on campus. A fun fact about me is that I have owned and operated my one-man business as a traveling equine dental technician for about three years, so I drive around very often to service horses all over the state! I have two horses, Jovie, a 6yo gray Quarter Pony, and Hannah, a 26yo gray Appaloosa. Additionally, I have my cat, Oscar, here in Findlay with me to keep me company as my husband is an active-duty sailor in the U.S. Navy, currently stationed out of state.
Wooddell, Skylar – Western Equestrian
Hi, my name is Skylar Wooddell, I am a third-year student at the University of Findlay majoring in Equine Studies, English, and Spanish. I am also a member of the IHSA Western Equestrian Team here at Findlay where I ride in the Open Horsemanship and Reining divisions. I am thankful to currently be acting as treasurer of both the Spanish Club here on campus as well as the Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society. Originally, I am from West Virginia, which will always hold a special place in my heart as it truly is my home among the hills. However, Findlay has easily become my second home thanks to the wonderful community and opportunities that have been presented to me here.